Barnstaple Town’s plight in Evo-Stik Division One South continued this afternoon (Saturday) with another defeat at Mill Road.
Barum are still searching for their first points of the season after a 3-0 defeat to visiting Blackfield and Langley.
First half goals from Liam Robinson and Patrick Nolan and a late finish from Charlie Urry ensured the visitors returned to Hampshire with all three points and left Barnstaple on the foot of the table after five games.
Barnstaple welcomed back James Dart to the centre of the back-line, but were once again without Billy Hopcroft, as well as Jack Langford and Elliot Whitecross from last week’s defeat.
Steve Holland led the line for Barum, with youngsters Alfie Moulden and Jack Rice-Lethaby providing support on the wings.
Barnstaple started brightly, with Rice-Lethaby looking lively on the left. He forced Lewis Noice into a stop with his feet inside the first 15 minutes with a stinging shot from the edge of the box.
The visitors had been shaky in that time but they soon settled. Lerone Plummer saw a vicious short from inside the box fly over the bar shortly before he was forced to depart with a thigh injury.
The visitors took the lead three minutes after the substitution. Nolan and Ryan Oatley combined well down the left, with the resulting ball into the box met in space by Robinson. He blasted a curling shot into Rob Holmes’ top right corner to open the scoring.
Blackfield and Langley doubled their lead nine minutes later. Seconds after Rob Holmes had produced a point blank save from Nolan, the striker got his revenge by tapping underneath the Barnstaple goalkeeper from close range.
The game drifted in the second half, but the visitors kept the Barnstaple defence honest with some good play over the course of the half.
They had an early chance after the restart, when Connor Doe’s ball in to Urry saw the striker fire across goal. Nolan couldn’t quite get on the end of it.
Captain Sam Poole headed just wide from a Fatah Makhfoufi cross midway through the half.
Urry, who performed well after coming on as the first half substitute, got the goal he deserved with 10 minutes remaining. Meeting a great ball from Oatley at the back post and finishing well.
Barnstaple manager Kevin Darch came on for the final few minutes in place of Rice-Lethaby, but was unable to help find the hosts a consolation goal.
Barnstaple Town: Holmes, Maric, Darragh, E Jenkins, Spence, Dart, Rice-Lethaby (Darch 83), J Jenkins (Welch 64), Holland, Jones, Moulden. Subs not used: Phillips, Last, Middleton.
Blackfield and Langley: Noice, Sharp, Oatley, Olumuyiwa, Poole, Tomasso, Robinson, Doe (Waterfield 86), Plummer (Urry 27), Nolan, Makhfoufi. Subs not used: Knight, Callaghan.